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Posted December 24, 2003
Set in nineteenth-century London, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a fiction novel portraying the dual nature of man. English lawyer Mr. Utterson investigates the enigmatic case of murderer Edward Hyde, companion to and sole heir of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a renowned scientist known in all England for his benevolent character. Utterson's dogged search leads him to the shocking and horrifying truth, revealing the coexistence of good and evil in man's soul. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde delves deeply into human duplicity, powerfully depicting Jekyll's belief that 'man is not truly one, but truly two.' This story illustrates how every person's soul is a commingling of good and evil, which are continually struggling for supremacy. Of the two, one will predominate depending on a person's choices and actions, eventually shaping his nature. This thought-provoking classic requires thorough reading and analysis in order to fully absorb and appreciate its profound theme. Although Stevenson's expression may be quite challenging for some young adults, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is worth struggling through, for it will instill in the reader a deeper understanding of true human nature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.